The unit that I work in is a mixed ICU. We currently measure temps axillary-- which literature says is inaccurate. We have trialed tempanic thermometers with very iffy results. Some of the other units in the hospital use temporal thermometers, and staff complain of inaccurate results with them as well.
We are looking to change our practice, and are willing to spend money.
My vote is to do esophageal temps on the monitor for all intubated patients, and do oral temps on non-intubated patients. What do you think?
How does your unit measure temperatures?